Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday June 17

It's day four of Royal Ascot on Friday
It's day four of Royal Ascot on Friday

Timeform pick out their three best bets for the Friday of Royal Ascot...


"The expected strong pace should suit her, and she looks worth backing."

Quiet Reflection - 15:40 Ascot

Quiet Reflection's win in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last time was potentially the best performance put up by a three-year-old sprinter of either sex in Britain this year, and with a handy weight allowance from the males again here, she is well clear on adjusted Timeform ratings on the back of that and should prove hard to beat. Quiet Reflection won a Group 3 in France prior to Haydock on good to soft, so should have no problem with the slower surface on offer on Friday. Donjuan Triumphant had to give extra weight away to Quiet Reflection in the Sandy Lane (3 lb Group 2 penalty) and he could follow the selection home in second again, with softer conditions no issue for him, either (won listed race at York on soft).


Qemah - 16:20 Ascot

With the ground looking set to be in her favour Jet Setting is sure to be popular here after she lowered the colours of dual classic winner Minding in the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh last time. However, she is unlikely to get an easy time of things upfront on Friday in this bigger field and with fellow pace forcer Marenko also in the race, and she could be worth taking on at the prices. Nemoralia is seemingly a doubtful runner due to the ground, and the value play could be Qemah, who was beaten just over a length (third) when sent off as favourite for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Deauville last time, but could be capable of better if she learns to settle in her races. The expected strong pace should suit her, and she looks worth backing.


Ebediyin - 17:35 Ascot

Ebediyin unsurprisingly improved for the step up to a mile and a half when winning a minor event at Naas on soft ground last month, and based on his stoute pedigree (dam Ebadiyla won over two miles) the extra half mile today can only bring about more progress for a yard who have saddled six winners from their last 12 runners. Aidan O'Brien won this last year and his first string Landofhopeandglory is worthy of respect, along with Andrew Balding's Ormito, who promises to be suited by this stamina test.


Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Quiet Reflection in the 15:40
Back Qemah in the 16:20
Back Ebediyin in the 17:35


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